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    10 ml test with R-0870 won't turn pink

    I tested yesterday morning and had 2.5 FC. I added 121 oz of 8.25 clorox to bump it up to 7 or a touch above. We lounged in the pool yesterday and I went to test this morning and the sample won't turn pink. No way I lost all fc one day. I added small amounts of acid over the past couple days to lower TA and was about to aerate to bump PH back up. Now this??? Water is clear and beautiful, fresh off of partial drain and refill to lower cya..

    The end of the tester spoon is black, but the powder inside is dry. Is there any way this suff goes bad overnight?

    Fc ???
    TA 140
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    Cya 30

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    Re: 10 ml test with R-0870 won't turn pink

    Doubtful. Try putting a drop or 2 of CL into the sample then add 870 and see if it turns pink. You could be at CL 0.
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    Re: 10 ml test with R-0870 won't turn pink

    Do you have the yellow color matching OTO test? It is not in the K2006. That would tell you definitively if the FC was 0.
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    Re: 10 ml test with R-0870 won't turn pink

    I do not have the OTO test. Just what came in the K2006. I don't think I could be at 0 on chlorine after just one day with no algae when it has been tested daily and doing fine for the past 3 days.
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    Re: 10 ml test with R-0870 won't turn pink

    Well, there is really no other explanation as to why the FAS-DPD did not turn pink. With 10ml water sample and FC expected to be <10ppm a single scoop of powder should be plenty to turn it pink if there was any chlorine in the water.

    Adding a drop of bleach to the sample would make the FC level way too high I think.
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    Re: 10 ml test with R-0870 won't turn pink

    I just read about Ascorbic acid eating chlorine. I did use two bottles of vitamin C tablets in a sock to clean steps yesterday morning. Do you think that little of Vitamin C tablets would zap chlorine down?
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    Re: 10 ml test with R-0870 won't turn pink

    Certainly would be a contributing factor.
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    Re: 10 ml test with R-0870 won't turn pink

    Well I adding 121 oz of 8.25% before I left for work this morning. I will add a couple drops of it in test and see if it turns pink this afternoon, before I test pool water again.
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    Re: 10 ml test with R-0870 won't turn pink

    Don't add drops of bleach in your test. 1 drop in 10 ml of pool water would be the equivalent of adding 1 gallon to 200 gallons of water ... which would make the FC level in your test 424ppm. The sample would not turn pink, it would bleach out.

    Just test the pool. Really you should have added the bottle of bleach and tested the pool after 30 minutes to verify the FC level.
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    Re: 10 ml test with R-0870 won't turn pink

    That vitamin C definitely neutralized all your FC. It may take several bottles of bleach to get the FC back, AND since it's been zero for a while you probably need to SLAM. It would probably be a good idea to just in case.
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    Re: 10 ml test with R-0870 won't turn pink

    I came home and tested yesterday afternoon around 5:30 pm after putting 121oz of 8.25% in yesterday morning. Still wouldn't turn pink. I added 242oz and tested an hr later. It read 11ppm on this test so I felt better. Tested this morning at 6:30am and still reading 11ppm. I am going to test again this afternoon when I get home.

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